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Journalists vote for industrial action after almost 60 jobs put at risk

nujlogoJournalists at a broadcaster where almost 60 jobs are under threat say they will not pursue industrial action “at this stage” despite voting overwhelmingly in favour of it.

Members of the National Union of Journalists at STV were balloted over possible action after the company announced last month that its “loss-making” STV2 channel will close at the end of June, with 25 jobs at risk as a result.

A further 34 jobs are also set to be lost as part of a wider restructure of its news operation.

The NUJ has announced 80 of those eligible to vote in the ballot were in favour of industrial action, with one opposed.

But HTFP understands union members will not be pursuing industrial action “at this stage”, and STV says this has also been communicated to its officials.

John Toner, NUJ Scotland national organiser, told HTFP: “We are delighted with the ballot result. A vote of 98.8pc in favour of industrial action is a considerable show of solidarity, and demonstrates our members’ commitment to resisting compulsory redundancies.

“The consultation process will continue, and we look forward to learning in more detail from STV management their proposals and how they will maintain quality in the new set-up.”

An STV spokeswoman said: “Our NUJ colleagues confirmed to the company yesterday afternoon that they will not be pursuing industrial action.

“We are making good progress through the ongoing consultation process as we work towards the implementation of our future plans for STV News.”